Gear­ing up for pa­rade

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The an­nual Katikati Lions Christ­mas Pa­rade and Santa in the Park is just days away and will take place as in pre­vi­ous years, on the first Satur­day in De­cem­ber — which this year falls on De­cem­ber 1.

“There is no theme to the pa­rade, ex­cept it is a Christ­mas pa­rade and as long as the en­try is not ob­jec­tion­able, that’s fine, but we don’t want any San­tas, as we al­ready have one,” Lion mem­ber David Eddy said.

Some amaz­ing floats have been pre­sented in the past and bring a fes­tive cheer to the town. Last year there was a record num­ber of en­tries and it would be great to have the same or greater par­tic­i­pa­tion this year, he said.

“The pa­rade is about the com­mu­nity get­ting in­volved and hav­ing some­thing for ev­ery­one to en­joy at this time of the year,” he said.

There will be a first, sec­ond and third prize for en­tries of $400, $200 and $100 re­spec­tively and a $100 en­try draw.

The usual dec­o­rated bi­cy­cles and scoot­ers with any type of wheels com­pe­ti­tion for chil­dren will be held with two age groups — five years and un­der and six to 10 years. Bring your dec­o­rated wheels to the log dam at Diggel­mann Park at

2.30pm to en­ter.

This year a dec­o­rated mo­bil­ity scooter com­pe­ti­tion has been in­cluded, which will take place with the chil­dren’s bike event.

The Christ­mas Pa­rade starts at 3pm — par­tic­i­pants need to as­sem­ble at Earl Drive from 2pm where the pa­rade mar­shalls will assign po­si­tions in the con­voy and judg­ing will take place.

The pa­rade fin­ishes at Moore Park where Santa in the Park, in con­junc­tion with Katch Katikati and the Katikati Rugby and Sports Club will pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment, rides, games, quick fire raf­fles, food and drink be­fore con­clud­ing at

6pm.

An in­for­ma­tion pack for en­tries is avail­able from the Arts Junc­tion or on­line from Katch Katikati www.katikati.org.nz

A ta­ble set for Christ­mas din­ner with plum pud­ding and pavlova looked good enough to eat on the Birch­wood Pack­house float.

A pi­rate’s life it is — ABC Child­care’s win­ning float in the 2013 Katikati Lions Christ­mas Pa­rade.

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